State agencies, involved in the construction and/or renovation of state-owned buildings pay for SEED. In order to meet the requirements of SEED, state agencies may incur higher design and/or construction costs. Early involvement by SEED can help minimize these costs.
State agencies reimburse the SEED program for services provided based on an hourly rate for the actual hours worked on a project. Invoices are issued quarterly. As established by ORS 276.900-915
, total charges cannot exceed 0.2 percent of a project's capital construction costs.
The goal of SEED is to ensure that all cost-effective ECMs are included in state buildings and that the buildings exceed the energy efficiency required by the Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code. History has shown that the greater the commitment by the agencies to achieve this goal the less work SEED staff must do, and the less cost to the agency for SEED assistance.